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Re: The Chandos Portrait
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 333.  Thursday, 27 May 1993.
 
(1)     From:   Nick Clary <
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        Date:   Thursday, 27 May 1993 08:53:34 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   [The Chandos Portrait]
 
(2)     From:   Peter David Seary <
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        Date:   Thursday, 27 May 93 10:38:25 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 4.0329  Re: The Chandos Portrait
 
 
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From:           Nick Clary <
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Date:           Thursday, 27 May 1993 08:53:34 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        [The Chandos Portrait]
 
I had mistakenly assumed that you must have seen the National Portrait
Gallery's O SWEET MR. SHAKESPEARE/I'LL HAVE HIS PICTURE: THE CHANGING IMAGE OF
SHAKESPEARE'S PERSON, 1600-1800 (1964), prepared by David Piper.  If you
haven't, I would recommend it.  Brief but informative comments serve to
complement an impressive array of finely reproduced black-and-white copies
of the earliest available images, including not only the Chandos but four
separate "seventeenth century versions of the 'Chandos' portrait" and six
"engravings of the 'Chandos' portrait."  Nine images are categorized under the
heading "Doubtful Portraits of Shakespeare."  The Chandos is not among them,
though Piper notes earlier of the Chandos: "But though the case for the
identification is strong, it is, in the uncertainty of its pedigree before
Davenant's ownership, far from proven" (12).
 
In his select bibliography Piper includes two items of particular pertinence
to your query: AN INQUIRY INTO THE...PORTRAITS OF SHAKESPEARE (1827) and
E.A. Greening Lamborn's essay on the Chandos pedigree, NOTES AND QUERIES
(CXXIV, 1949).
 
While this is a slender pamphlet, it provides information that may jog
your memory or lead you along interesting paths.  Anyone who has seen Peter
Blayney's THE FIRST FOLIO OF SHAKESPEARE, published in conjunction with the
Folger Shakespeare Library's exhibition "The First Folio of Shakespeare"
(April-September 1991), will appreciate the value of such a document.
 
Nick Clary
 
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From:           Peter David Seary <
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Date:           Thursday, 27 May 93 10:38:25 EDT
Subject: 4.0329  Re: The Chandos Portrait
Comment:        Re: SHK 4.0329  Re: The Chandos Portrait
 
Dear Leo,
 
You may wish to contact:
Jonathan Franklin, Phone 011-44-1-318-2888, Archivist, National
Portrait Gallery.  I have found him to be very helpful and forthcoming.
 
Best wishes,
Peter Seary
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